Car accidents happen all the time in Florida and throughout the United States. In most cases, the owner of the car is the person driving it. But what happens when you loan your car to someone, and they get into an accident? Under Florida law, a vehicle owner may still be liable even though they were not actually behind the wheel at the time of the crash.
Earlier this month, television reality star Blac Chyna’s white BMW hit another car carrying three passengers in Los Angeles. Witnesses say that the driver of the car left the scene immediately after the accident. Blac Chyna, however, wasn’t behind the wheel at the time of the accident. The star had loaned her vehicle to a friend, who was ultimately involved in the hit-and-run.
The plaintiff then named Blac Chyna in a personal injury lawsuit, claiming that as the owner of the vehicle, she should be liable for the damages under the theory of negligent entrustment.